Wyoming Hunting News

Brucellosis Testing Prompts Special Elk Hunt
In response to two cows from a Campbell County cattle herd testing positive for brucellosis this summer, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is offering a depredation elk hunt with the cooperation of private landowners in area 123 southeast of Gillette from Oct. 19 - Nov. 7.
Man Repels Attacking Mountain Lion with a Shovel
Wielding a shovel, a Big Horn, Wyo. man fended off an attacking mountain lion on his property bordering Little Goose Creek Sept. 15 around 4 p.m. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, was working in a brushy area of horse pasture behind his home. As the man looked over his shoulder he noticed a mountain lion about 10 feet away.
Leftover Turkey Licenses
Prospective turkey hunters are alerted that beginning Sept. 15 general and leftover limited quota licenses can be purchased at various license agents in addition to Game and Fish Department offices.
Fall Turkey Drawing Held
The drawing for fall turkey licenses was held Aug. 24 and licenses are still available in four limited quota areas. The remaining licenses are currently available as processed to both residents and nonresidents through the Game and Fish Department’s Cheyenne office.
Special Archery Permit and No Firearms
Bowhunters are reminded they cannot have a firearm in their possession while hunting in a special archery season or in an archery-only area. Bowhunters are also reminded they are required to have an archery permit to hunt in a special archery season.
Second Deer, Elk, and Antelope Drawing Deadline
Hunters are alerted applications for leftover deer, elk and antelope licenses must be received at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Cheyenne office by 5 p.m. July 20. The second drawing will be held around July 31. Licenses remaining following the drawing will be sold “as processed” through the Cheyenne office.
Game & Fish Asks for CWD Help
“We are asking hunters to do two things that they may not have done in the past,” says Bob Lanka, Laramie regional wildlife coordinator. “If hunters plan to participate in chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance, they should carefully document the harvest location. If they hunt in areas known to have CWD, they should leave the head, spine and other nervous tissue at the site of the kill or dispose of them in an approved landfill.”
Walk-In Area Atlases Now Available at License Agents
Maps to Wyoming's 482,396 private land walk-in area acres for the 2004 hunting season are now available at license agents and Game and Fish Department offices. Matt Buhler, the G&F’s access coordinator, reminds hunters that walk-in areas are sometimes not open the entire season for that species.
Fall Turkey Application Period Underway
Hunters are alerted the fall turkey application period is underway and applications must be received at the Game and Fish Department’s Cheyenne office by 5 p.m. Aug. 16. Like last spring, a general license allows turkey hunters to hunt in any general license area. Turkey licenses cost residents $12 and nonresidents $60.
Special Licenses for Youngsters with Life-Threatening Illnesses
Resident and nonresident youngsters 12-18 years old with a life-threatening illness can apply for a special drawing for five elk licenses and ten deer and antelope licenses for any hunt area in Wyoming.